Collaborative Number Theory Seminar at the CUNY Graduate CenterCoorganizers: Gautam Chinta, Brooke Feigon, Maria Sabitova,
Lucien Szpiro. Fall 2012 Schedule:September 7: Robert Osburn (University College Dublin, Ireland) Title: The mock and mixed mock modularity of qhypergeometric series Abstract: An intriguing and almost completely unsolved problem is to understand the overlap between classes of qhypergeometric series and modular forms. This challenge was the subject of George Andrews' plenary address at the Millennial Conference on Number Theory and has its origin in Ramanujan's last letter to G.H. Hardy on January 12, 1920 whereby 17 mock theta functions were introduced. We discuss recent work concerning the explicit construction of new individual examples and infinite families of mock theta functions (in the modern sense of Zagier). Additionally, we discuss various ways to produce qhypergeometric series which are mixed mock modular forms. This is joint work with Jeremy Lovejoy (Paris 7). September 14: No meeting this week.
September 21: No meeting this week. September 28: No meeting this week. October 5: No meeting this week. October 12: Dubi Kelmer (Boston College)
Title:
The distribution of modular knots with a prescribed
linking number. October 19: David Goldberg (Purdue University) Title: Exceptional representations and Whittaker models for higher metaplectic groups
Abstract: Kazhdan and Patterson developed a theory of metaplectic forms for (almost) arbitrary metaplectic covers of GL(r). A crucial part of this is the local theory, in which they defined and studied exceptional representations, including determining the space of their Whittaker models. In joint work with S. Friedberg and D. Szpruch we are developing a similar theory for nfold covers of classical groups and similitude groups. In the case of classical groups, we show, similar to the case of GL(n) that the existence of Whittaker models is connected with counting of orbits of a group action on a lattice, and involves Gauss sums. We discuss this and its possible applications to number theory. October 26: No meeting this week. November 2: No meeting this week. November 9: YoungJu Choie (POSTECH  Pohang University of Science and Technology, Korea)
Title: Sturm type theorem for Siegel modular forms of genus 2 modulo p Abstract: Suppose that f is an elliptic modular form with integral coefficients. Sturm obtained in 1987 bounds for a nonnegative integer n such that every Fourier coefficient of f vanishes modulo a prime p if the first n Fourier coefficients of f are zero modulo p. In the present note we study analogues of Sturm's bounds for Siegel modular forms of genus 2. As an application we study congruences involving an analogue of Atkin's U(p)operator for the Fourier coefficients of Siegel modular forms of genus 2. This is a joint work with D. Choi and T. Kikuta. November 16:
David Savitt (University of Arizona) Title: The BuzzardDiamondJarvis conjecture for unitary groups Abstract: We will discuss the proof of the weight part of Serre's conjecture for rank two unitary groups in the unramified case (that is, the BuzzardDiamondJarvis conjecture for unitary groups). This is joint work with Toby Gee and Tong Liu. More precisely, we prove that any Serre weight which occurs is a predicted weight; this completes the analysis begun by BarnetLamb, Gee, and Geraghty, who proved that all predicted weights occur. Our methods are purely local, using Liu's theory of (phi,Ghat) modules to determine the possible reductions mod p of certain twodimensional crystalline Galois representations.
November 23: Thanksgiving
November 30: No meeting this week.
December 7: Krzysztof Klosin (CUNY Queens College)
Title:
Congruences among hermitian modular forms and bounds
on Selmer groups Abstract: We will explain a construction of congruences between the socalled Maass lift (which associates a modular form on the unitary group U(2,2) to an elliptic modular form) and modular forms on U(2,2) which do not arise as Maass lifts. Such a congruence leads to evidence for the BlochKato conjecture for the symmetric square motive of a modular form. If time permits we will also discuss a recent joint work with Jim Brown on extending this construction to the case of padic families.
